Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie with Meringue. ALEAIMAGE/E+/Getty Images
  • 45 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins

This key lime pie is made with key lime juice and freshly grated lime. The pie is topped with a meringue topping.

Use a prepared purchased pastry shell, refrigerated pastry, or a homemade crust, such as this food processor pastry or the all butter pie pastry.

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice or key lime juice
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated lime peel
  • 1 pastry shell, 9 inch, unbaked
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • dash salt

How to Make It

In a saucepan over low heat, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup cold water. Mix well; add hot water. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until very thick.

Remove from heat; stir in lime juice and return to heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.

Beat egg yolks lightly. Beat in about 1/3 cup of the hot mixture; return egg yolk mixture to the saucepan mixture and cook, stirring constantly, for about 2 minutes longer.

Add butter and lime peel and let cool.

Pour cooled mixture into baked pie shell. Beat egg whites until stiff; gradually beat in the 6 tablespoons of sugar and dash of salt. Spread meringue over top of key lime pie.

Bake for 20 minutes at 300°, until nicely browned.

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